Pope John XXIII

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Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (November 25, 1881 - June 3, 1963) was elected as John XXIII, the 261st Pope of the Catholic Church and sovereign of Vatican City on October 28, 1958. He called the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) but did not live to see it to completion, dying two months after the completion of his final encyclical, Pacem in Terris. He was beatified on September 3, 2000. His feast day is October 11 in the Catholic Church. He is also commemorated on June 3 by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and on June 4 by the Anglican Church of Canada.


  • From the saints I must take the substance, not the accidents of their virtues. I am not St. Aloysius, nor must I seek holiness in his particular way, but according to the requirements of my own nature, my own character and the different conditions of my life. I must not be the dry, bloodless reproduction of a model, however perfect. God desires us to follow the examples of the saints by absorbing the vital sap of their virtues and turning it into our own life-blood, adapting it to our own individual capacities and particular circumstances. If St. Aloysius had been as I am, he would have become holy in a different way.
    • Journal of a Soul (1903)


  • A peaceful man does more good than a learned one.
  • Anybody can be Pope; the proof of this is that I have become one.
  • Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
  • I have looked into your eyes with my eyes. I have put my heart near your heart.
  • If God created shadows it was to better emphasize the light.
  • It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope.
  • See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.
  • The feelings of my smallness and my nothingness always kept me good company.
  • When I eat alone I feel like a seminarian being punished. I tried it for one week and I was not comfortable. Then I searched through Sacred Scripture for something saying I had to eat alone. I found nothing, so I gave it up and it's much better now.
  • (On a visit to Roman prison inmates) You could not come to me, so I came to you.

  • Cari Figliuoli, sento le vostre voci. La mia è una voce, sola, ma è riassunta la voce del mondo intero: qui tutto il mondo è rappresentato. Si direbbe che persino la luna si è affrettata stasera, osservatela in alto, a guardare questo spettacolo. La mia persona conta niente: è un fratello che parla a voi, diventato padre per la volontà di nostro Signore... Ma tutti insieme, paternità e fraternità e grazia di Dio, tutto tutto... Continuiamo dunque a volerci bene, a volerci bene così; guardandoci così nell'incontro: cogliere quello che ci unisce, lasciar da parte, se c'è, qualche cosa che ci può tenere un po' in difficoltà... Tornando a casa, troverete i bambini, date una carezza ai vostri bambini e dite: questa è la carezza del Papa. Troverete qualche lacrima da asciugare: dite una parola buona. Il Papa è con noi, .specialmente nelle ore della tristezza e dell'amarezza. E poi, tutti insieme ci animiamo: cantando, sospirando, piangendo, ma sempre pieni di fiducia nel Cristo che ci aiuta e che ci ascolta, continuiamo a riprendere il nostro cammino

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